On Sunday, the Jets suffered a loss to the Bills with a dismal performance on third downs. Despite having Zach Wilson as their quarterback for most of the tries, they went 0 for 11 in those situations. This has contributed to their historical struggles on third downs this season, with a conversion rate of just 30 for 131 in their first 10 games.
According to Pro Football Reference data dating back to 1991, the Jets’ conversion rate on third downs is currently at 22.9%, making it the lowest for any team over that span. In order to avoid having the worst third down conversion rate in history by the end of the season, the Jets will have to reach a conversion rate of at least 24%, like the 2005 49ers and 2002 Cowboys did.
During Sunday’s game, head coach Robert Saleh made a change by relieving Wilson with Tim Boyle in the third quarter. After the game, Saleh stated that they will make a decision about who will start against the Dolphins in the NFL’s inaugural Black Friday game.